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An 'Awful Night' for FDNY on Ed Norton Movie Set

Firefighter Michael Davidson killed in Harlem blaze

(Newser) - The New York City Fire Department is mourning firefighter Michael Davidson, who died fighting a massive blaze that broke out on a film set in Harlem Thursday night. The fire started in a building being used to film Motherless Brooklyn, a 1950s-set drama directed by Ed Norton and starring Bruce... More »

He Had No Protective Gear. He Rushed Into the Fire Anyway

Off-duty FDNY firefighter Roben Duge saves grandmother, 2 children from house fire

(Newser) - A grandmother in Queens and her two grandkids are alive today because of an off-duty firefighter's quick thinking. The New York Daily News reports Roben Duge, who's been with the FDNY for five years, had just emerged from the subway on his way home Thursday night, and as... More »

Man Who Evacuated Hundreds After 9/11 Is Dead at 45

Thomas Phelan was a ferry captain turned firefighter

(Newser) - Thomas Phelan's life followed a different trajectory to that of many other 9/11 heroes: He was a hero who became a firefighter. On the day of the attacks, Phelan, who has died of cancer at age 45, was working as a ferry captain for Circle Line-Statue of Liberty ferry... More »

Father and Son, Both 9/11 Responders, Have Died

FDNY's Raymond and Robert Alexander passed away within a year of each other

(Newser) - They were healthy, with no history of cancer in the family, but within a year of each other, a father and son have died—the 76-year-old dad last year after fighting seven different cancers over 13 years. The common link: Both Raymond Alexander and his son, Robert, who died Monday... More »

NY EMT Dead After Being Run Over by Own Ambulance

Mother of 5 killed in the line of duty

(Newser) - An FDNY EMT was killed in the line of duty Thursday evening when she was hit and dragged for at least 15 feet by her own ambulance, police say. Yadira Arroyo, a 44-year-old mother of five, and colleague Monique Williams were on their way to a call about a pregnant... More »

Explosion at Suspected Drug Lab Kills NYC Firefighter

'We lost a hero today'

(Newser) - The FDNY suffered its first in-the-line-of-duty death in more than two years Tuesday when a suspected drug lab exploded in the Bronx, killing a battalion chief, the New York Daily News reports. According to WPIX , Michael Fahy was directing traffic away from a two-story house where someone had reported a... More »

As Towers Burned, a Hero in Red Bandanna Saved Lives

New book tells tale of trader Welles Crowther

(Newser) - His father gave him a red bandanna when he was 6, and Welles Crowther carried one every day after, tucked in his back pocket or, when playing lacrosse or hockey, under his helmet. And so it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when the 24-year-old Boston College graduate—an equities trader... More »

FDNY Hits a 150-Year Milestone

June saw exactly zero fire deaths

(Newser) - The FDNY has a reason to celebrate this month. The five boroughs comprising New York City suffered exactly zero fire deaths in the month of June—the first fatality-free month in 150 years, reports CBS New York . A spokesman for Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says fire deaths are on the... More »

3 FDNY Firefighters Die of 9/11 Illnesses on Same Day

Retirees were only in their 50s

(Newser) - New York City's fire department got a rough reminder this week of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath—three retired firefighters in their 50s died on the same day from illnesses attributed to the toxic air at Ground Zero, reports CBS Local . Daniel Heglund, 58, Howard Bischoff, 58, and... More »

FDNY 'Hero' Killed Seeking Victims 19 Floors Up

Gordon Ambelas got trapped in public-housing blaze

(Newser) - The Fire Department of New York is mourning the death of a lieutenant who became trapped while looking for victims in a public-housing high-rise blaze, the first to die in the line of duty in more than two years. Lt. Gordon Ambelas died yesterday after suffering multiple injuries while on... More »

American Flag Flown at WTC After 9/11 Stolen

Flag had been given to family of fallen firefighter

(Newser) - After 29-year-old Jonathan Ielpi was killed while responding to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the fallen firefighter's sister Melissa Brengel was given an American flag that flew over the WTC during the clean-up. "We put it out during certain times of the year just to... More »

NYPD-FDNY Charity Hockey Game Erupts in Brawl

Fight clears benches at annual match

(Newser) - The annual charity hockey game between New York City's cops and firefighters turned into an all-out, bench clearing brawl at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum yesterday. With the score tied at 3-3 in the second period, referees struggled to restore order as FDNY and NYPD officers traded punches, leaving... More »

NYPD, Firefighters Accused of Fake 9/11 Claims

Dozens charged with faking trauma to collect disability benefits

(Newser) - Dozens of retired New York City cops and firefighters are accused of faking mental health problems so they could retire and collect disability benefits, reports ABC News . The worst part is that many cited the 9/11 attacks as the root of their problems. Ringleaders reportedly coached them on how to... More »

FDNY Bill Addressed to 'Unknown Asian'

'The funny thing for us was that there are so many Asians at this school,' says staffer

(Newser) - If you're sending mail to The New School in New York City, we advise addressing it to a specific student or faculty member, or maybe, in a pinch, to a department. We definitely don't advise addressing it to "Unknown Asian." But that's what the FDNY... More »

Cops: Guy Phoned in False Alarms to Rob Firefighters

Worst part: He is a firefighter himself

(Newser) - A New York City firefighter is accused of some especially heinous deeds: Authorities say that Joseph Keene not only called in three false alarms, but he did so to steal cash from his fellow firefighters' lockers when they sped out to investigate, reports the Gothamist . Keene allegedly got about $2,... More »

NY Cop Tries to Rescue Cat, Firefighters Rescue Cop

FDNY brings NYPD officer, cat, down from tree

(Newser) - Not the finest hour for New York's finest: Firefighters in New York City had to rescue an NYPD officer after he became stuck up a tree while trying to rescue a cat, Gothamist reports. A tower ladder bucket was used to bring the officer—and the cat—down from... More »

Firefighter: I Was Snubbed for Being Vegetarian

Anthony Harper says colleagues ostracized him

(Newser) - Talk about a meaty problem: A New York firefighter says colleagues have snubbed him and even endangered his life because he's vegetarian, the New York Post reports. Anthony Harper, 42, says it began when he changed his diet two years ago and stopped paying his share of communal meals... More »

Black Man Finds Noose on Work Locker

It appeared after Gregory Seabrook filed complaint against FDNY

(Newser) - Gregory Seabrook filed a race discrimination complaint against the Fire Department of New York City in December—and on Thursday, he found a nearly three-foot-long noose in front of his work locker. "There's an ominous message behind it," says his lawyer, who adds that the "elaborately constructed"... More »

New York City Will Start Billing Car Accident Victims

'Crash tax' could set you back up to $490

(Newser) - Get into a car accident in New York City, and you can expect swift response from the city's fire department—and a bill of up to 500 bucks. Starting in July, the city will follow the lead of others around the country by instituting a so-called "crash tax,"... More »

JetBlue Hires Ex-Cops as Flight Attendants

Airline wants people who work well in emergencies

(Newser) - JetBlue isn’t interested in the good-looking stewardesses of bygone days. They want flight attendants who are good in an emergency, who can take charge and inspire confidence. So they’ve been actively recruiting ex-cops and firefighters, the Wall Street Journal reports. As a result, about 10% of its 2,... More »

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